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August 04, 2020

Ulupono Initiative’s Statement Regarding Hawaiian Electric’s pledge to transition to an all-electric passenger fleet

Categories: Energy | Transportation


Aug. 4, 2020

Ulupono Initiative’s Statement Regarding Hawaiian Electric’s pledge to transition to an all-electric passenger fleet

HONOLULU — Ulupono Initiative expressed support for Hawaiian Electric’s commitment to transition every passenger car, SUV, light pickup and minivan in its fleet to a plug-in electric by 2035.

Greg Gaug, senior vice president of investments and analytics at Ulupono Initiative, said:

"Ulupono Initiative applauds Hawaiian Electric for this bold commitment to electrifying its fleet, which shows further confidence that the larger transition to electric vehicles is underway. Ground transportation represents a tremendous opportunity because Hawai‘i imports about a third more gallons of fossil fuels for ground transportation as for electricity production. Electrifying our modes of transportation is one of the most effective ways to have an immediate impact on reducing fossil fuel use, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and helping to alleviate Hawai‘i’s high cost of living.”

This action follows several promising steps toward electrification of local and state government fleets in recent years, including:

About Ulupono Initiative

A mission-driven venture of The Omidyar Group, Ulupono Initiative was founded in 2009 to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i by working toward sustainable solutions that support and promote locally produced food, renewable energy, clean transportation, and better management of water and waste. For more information about Ulupono Initiative, visit www.ulupono.com or connect with Ulupono on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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